Headlong Theatre has announced casting for their forthcoming new play by Miranda Rose Hall – A Play For Living in a Time of Extinction.
The one-woman play will run at the Barbican Theatre from 26 to 29 April 2022, and also tour the UK.
Making her stage debut will be the star of Channel 4’s It’s a Sin, Lydia West (Inside Man, Dracula) as Naomi, a member of a touring theatre company grappling with the ideas of extinction.
The play will be directed by Katie Mitchell and designed by Moi Tran.
Lydia West said in a press statement: “I am thrilled to be collaborating with Katie Mitchell, Headlong and the Barbican on this very relevant piece. I think Barbican is the perfect venue for such an impactful show and I have been a huge admirer of Katie’s work for some time. I’m excited for everyone to see this and to bring this eco-feminist text to life in my professional stage debut.”
The show will tour to the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Live Theatre Newcastle, New Vic Newcastle-under-Lyme, and York Theatre Royal, and in a ground-breaking move, at each tour date local actors and directors will take on the show based on strict sustainability guidelines.
Billed as a “darkly funny, life-affirming show”, this innovative one woman play takes audiences on a life-changing journey to confront the urgent ecological disaster that is unfolding around us. Part ritual, part battle cry, and powered entirely by bicycles, this fiercely feminist production is a moving exploration of what it means to be human in this era of man-made extinction.